Archive of DfE COVID-19 guidance (England)

Department for Education guidance and updates on coronavirus

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Department for Education (DfE)

20 January 2021:

Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace have published a position statement on daily contact testing as a replacement for self-isolation in secondary schools and colleges. Further information here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing burdens on educational and care settings Updated: 
List of data collections, services or requests which will be cancelled, paused or will continue.

 Coronavirus (COVID-19) asymptomatic testing for staff in primary schools and nurseries Updated: 
Information on rapid asymptomatic coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for staff in primary schools, school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools.

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings Updated: 
What all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings For the period of national lockdown, please also refer to the: guidance…

Mass asymptomatic testing in specialist settings This guidance is for leaders and others involved in the mass testing…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for education, early years and children’s social care Updated: 

Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications Updated: 
Summary of changes Updated guidance

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Updated: 
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term.

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings Updated: 
What all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  Updated: 
Guidance for schools and local authorities on school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated: 
This guidance has been updated to include information on: how to order…

Coronavirus (COVID-19): temporary extension of free school meals eligibility to NRPF groups    Updated: 

Letter from Gavin Williamson to Simon Lebus  Updated: 
The Secretary of State for Education writes to Ofqual's Chief Regulator outlining the process to agree alternative arrangements for exams in 2021.

Responsibility for exams  Updated: 
Guidance for schools and colleges on who should enter students for exams, the health arrangements for exams and the support DfE is providing.

Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers progress data Updated: 
Information about how many laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers we have delivered or dispatched to local authorities and academy trusts.

Get help with technology during coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated: 
Guidance for local authorities, academy trusts and schools on devices and support available to provide remote education and access to children’s social care.

Hundreds of thousands more laptops to support disadvantaged pupils learn at home   

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak  Updated: 

Providing remote education information to parents: template Updated: 

How to complete the educational setting status form Updated: 

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges Updated: 

Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  Updated: 

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated: 

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Face coverings in education Guidance on the use of face coverings for schools and other education institutions that teach people in years 7 and above in England.  Updated: 

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Updated: 

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated: 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services

Get laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Get help with technology during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mass asymptomatic testing: schools and colleges: Find out how to administer testing which will begin in January 2021.

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for education, early years and children’s social care

Coronavirus (COVID-19) contingency framework for education and childcare settings   7 January 2021

How settings can prepare for restrictions to help contain community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Contingency framework: education and childcare settings (excluding universities)  7 January 2021

Higher education providers: coronavirus (COVID-19)   7 January 2021
Information on the return of students from January 2021 and NHS Test and Trace channels.

Student movement and plans for the end of term   7 January 2021

Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses 7 January 2021

School attendance: guidance for schools   7 January 2021
Covers registers and attendance codes (including circumstances due to coronavirus (COVID-19)), school hours and term dates, and improving school attendance.

Addendum: recording attendance in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) during the 2020 to 2021 academic year

Improving school attendance: support for schools and local authorities 7 January 2021

Disapplication notice: school attendance legislation changes  7 January 2021

Education Secretary's statement to Parliament on education settings and national lockdown, including exams, 6 January 2021:

Definitions of vulnerable children and young people, and critical workers (January 2021)

Contingency framework implemented across London boroughs Press release DfE and DHSC 1 January 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) contingency framework for education and childcare settings Guidance 1 January 2021

Letter from Michelle Donelan to higher education students 31 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services 31 December 2020

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings 31 December 2020 

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak 31 December 2020

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak 31 December 2020 Guidance

Mass asymptomatic testing: schools and colleges 31 December 2020 Detailed guide

Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings 31 December 2020

Letter from Michelle Donelan to higher education providers 30 December 2020

Schools and childcare settings: return in January 2021  Guidance 30 December 2020

Further education (FE) providers: return in January 2021 Guidance 30 December 2020

School contingency plans to be implemented as cases rise  Press release 30 December 2020

Modification notice: school registration legislation changes  Decision  30 December 2020

Disapplication notice: school inspections legislation changes Decision  30 December 2020

Education Secretary sets out school contingency plans for England Statement to parliament  30 December 2020

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance 30 December 2020

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance 30 December 2020

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance 30 December 2020

Military to support the testing of thousands of secondary school and college students in England News story MOD and DfE Guidance 29 December 2020

Studying in the UK: guidance for EU students 28 December 2020 Detailed guide

New Turing scheme to support thousands of students to study and work abroad 26 December 2020 Press release 

Higher education providers: coronavirus (COVID-19) 23 December 2020 Guidance DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): assessment processes for selective school admissions 23 December 2020 Guidance DfE

 

Mass asymptomatic testing: schools and colleges Detailed guide, DfE and DHSC, 23 December 2020
Find out how to administer testing which will begin in January 2021.

The PHE advice line, accessed by calling the DfE Coronavirus helpline on 0800 046 8687, will be closed from 25-28 December and on 1 January. If you have an urgent public health issue that you need advice on, please use locally-agreed support arrangements or contact your local PHE Health Protection Team. Further information to provide additional support while the PHE advice line is closed will be issued shortly.

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance, DfE and ESFA, 23 December 2020

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Updated Guidance 23 December 2020

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance 22 December 2020

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance 22 December 2020

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Updated Guidance 22 December 2020

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance 22 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services Updated Guidance 21 December 2020 

Guidance for higher education providers during the transition period and after 1 January 2021 Updated Guidance 21 December 2020

Guidance for providers of further education and apprenticeships during the transition period and after 1 January 2021Updated Guidance 22 December 2020

Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers progress data Transparency data 22 December 2020

Get help with technology during coronavirus (COVID-19)  Detailed guide 21 December 2020

Get laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide 21 December 2020

One million laptops and tablets for disadvantaged children and young people 20 December 2020 Press release 20 December 2020

Further and higher education: coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection 18 December 2020 

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection  18 December 2020 

Asymptomatic testing in schools and colleges Detailed guide DfE and DHSC 18 December 2020 

Responsibility for exams Guidance 18 December 2020 

Coronavirus testing for secondary and college students in the first week of the spring term: Your questions answered

Remote education webinars Updated Detailed guide, 18 December 2020

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection, DfE, 17 December 2020

Further education (FE) providers: return in January 2021 Guidance, 17 December 2020

Schools and childcare settings: return in January 2021 Guidance, 17 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for education, early years and children’s social care Updated Guidance, 17 December 2020

Use of free early education entitlements funding during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance, 17 December 2020

Staggered rollout of coronavirus testing for secondary schools and colleges Press Release, 17 December 2020

Holiday activities and food programme Guidance, 16 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) workforce fund for colleges Guidance, 15 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) workforce fund for schools Guidance, 15 December 2020

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Updated Guidance,15 December 2020

Providing remote education information to parents: template Guidance,15 December 2020

Secondary schools and colleges to get weekly coronavirus testing Press release, DfE and DHSC, 15 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) asymptomatic testing in schools and colleges Guidance, DfE, 15 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): assessment processes for selective school admissions Guidance, DfE, 15 December 2020

DfE's Q&A

COVID-19 National Testing Programme: Schools & Colleges Handbook (NHS) (pdf)

Mass Testing in Education: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Asymptomatic testing in schools and colleges (Gov.UK) (pdf)

Royal London Borough of Greenwich temporary continuity direction 14 December 2020

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Updated Guidance, 14 December 2020

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care Updated Guidance, 14 December 2020

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance,14 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits for children's homes Detailed guide, 14 December 2020

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings Updated Guidance,14 December 2020

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Updated Guidance,14 December 2020

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance,14 December 2020

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance,14 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): test kits for schools and FE providers  Updated Guidance,14 December 2020 

Higher education providers: coronavirus (COVID-19)  Updated Guidance,14 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services Updated Guidance,14 December 2020

School attendance: guidance for schools Updated Guidance,14 December 2020 

Testing in North East London, Kent and Essex: your questions answered  11 December 2020

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings  Updated Guidance, 10 December 2020

Get help with technology during coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated Detailed guide 8 December 2020

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance, 7 December 2020

School funding: exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated Guidance, 7 December 2020

Get help with remote education Updated Detailed guide, 3 December 2020 (See also Voice's blog on remote education.)

Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings Updated Guidance, DfE and Cabinet Office, 3 December 2020

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection, 3 December 2020

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Updated Guidance, 3 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and college performance measures Updated Guidance, 3 December 2020

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance, 3 December 2020

Guidance to support the summer 2021 exams Guidance, 3 December 2020 

Letter from Gavin Williamson to Glenys Stacey 3 December 2020

Extra measures to support students ahead of next summer’s exams Press release, 3 December 2020

All students offered testing on return to university Press release, DfE and DHSC, 2 December 2020

Higher education providers: coronavirus (COVID-19)  Updated Guidance, 2 December 2020

School governance update Correspondence, DfE, 2 December 2020

Remote education webinars, Updated Detailed guide, 2 December 2020 (See also Voice's blog on remote education.)

Higher education providers: coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated Guidance, 2 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing burdens on educational and care settings Updated Guidance, 1 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT) Updated Guidance, 30 November 2020

Face coverings in education Updated Guidance, 27 November 2020

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance, 27 November 2020

Transport to school and other places of education: 2020 to 2021 academic year Updated Guidance, 27 November 2020

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance, 27 November 2020

New funding to support schools and colleges during Covid pandemic Press release 27 November 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) contingency framework for education and childcare settings Guidance, 27 November 2020

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance, 27 November 2020

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance, 26 November 2020

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings Updated Guidance, 26 November 2020

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance, DfE and ESFA, 26 November 2020

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Updated Guidance, 26 November 2020

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Updated Guidance, 26 November 2020

Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses Updated Guidance, 24 November 2020

Get help with remote education Updated Detailed guide, 24 November 2020

Help with accessing and buying resources for remote education  Detailed guide, 23 November 2020

Updated guidance, 20 November 2020:

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings Guidance

Get help with technology during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide (See also Voice's blog on remote education.)

Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers provided during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Catch-up premium: coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance, 19 November 2020

Package of support for students who have to defer their studies Policy paper: updated 19 November 2020

Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance, 16 November 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services  Updated Guidance, 16 November 2020

Education and childcare settings: national restrictions from 5 November 2020 Detailed guide, Updated Guidance,16 November 2020

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care Updated Guidance, 13 November 2020

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance, DfE and ESFA, 13 November 2020

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak  Updated Guidance,12 November 2020

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance,12 November 2020 

Christmas guidance set out for university students  Press release, 11 November 2020:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings Updated Guidance, 9 November 2020

Use of the NHS COVID-19 app in education and childcare settings  Updated Guidance, DfE and DHSC, 6 November 2020

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance, DfE and ESFA, 6 November 2020

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance, 6 November 2020 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for boarding schools with international students Updated Guidance, DfE, 6 November 2020

Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings Updated Guidance, DfE and Cabinet Office, 6 November 2020

Transport to school and other places of education: autumn term 2020 Updated Guidance 5 November 2020

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings Updated Guidance 5 November 2020

Face coverings in education  Updated Guidance 5 November 2020 

Education and childcare settings: New National Restrictions from 5 November 2020 Detailed guide, 4 November 2020
How New National Restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) impact education, childcare and children’s social care settings.

Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses (including new national restrictions guidance) Updated guidance, 4 November 2020

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak 5 November 2020

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated guidance, 5 November 2020

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Updated guidance, 5 November 2020

New guidance for schools, colleges and early years Press release, 4 November 2020

Letters from Michelle Donelan MP, Minister of State for Universities:

UK Government:  New national restrictions in England from Thursday 5 November 2020:

Updates 29 October - 2 November 2020:

Package of support for students who have to defer their studies Policy paper

Strengthening families protecting children programme Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium Detailed guide

PE and sport premium for primary schools Detailed guide DfE and ESFA

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance

Get help with remote education Detailed guide

Disapplication notice: school inspections legislation changes Decision

Modification notice: school registration legislation changes Decision DfE

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak  Updated Guidance, 22 October 2020

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care  Updated Guidance, 22 October 2020 

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance, 21 October 2020

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  Collection, 20 October 2020

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 15 October 2020 Official statistics, 20 October 2020

Updated guidance 15/16 October 2020:

Face coverings in education Guidance

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings Guidance

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  Guidance

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance

Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services Guidance

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance DfE and ESFA

Guidance for schools during the transition period and after 1 January 2021 Collection

Guidance for higher education providers during the transition period and after 1 January 2021 Collection

Guidance for providers of further education and apprenticeships during the transition period and after 1 January 2021 Collection

Guidance for local authority children's services during the transition period and after 1 January 2021  Collection

Updated guidance 13/14 October:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): test kits for schools and FE providers Guidance for schools and further education (FE) providers on the initial supply of coronavirus (COVID-19) home testing kits for pupils, teachers and staff.  Updated to communicate that schools and further education (FE) providers in particularly high risk areas may be eligible for an additional delivery of test kits. These will be allocated to schools and FE providers by the Department for Health and Social Care based on the local prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in local areas

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care Preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak.

Remote education webinars How to access school-led webinars on remote education to help share good practice.

Annex 3: tiers of national restriction for education and childcare

Higher Education Guidance

Exams 2021: DfE: press release and written statement from the Secretary of State and Statement from Ofqual plus Voice comment. 12 October 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19: test kits for schools and FE providers  Updated  Guidance 7 October 2020

Updates 5/6 October 2020:

Safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated Detailed guide

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel advice for educational settings Updated Guidance

Updates 1 October 2020:

New remote education support for schools, colleges and teachers Press release DfE

Get help with remote education Detailed guide DfE

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance DfE

Remote education good practice Guidance DfE

Remote Education Temporary Continuity Direction: explanatory note Guidance DfE

Get laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide DfE

Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers provided during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide DfE

Remote education webinars Detailed guide DfE

Updated guidance 30 September 2020:

Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses Guidance

Responsibility for autumn exams Guidance 

Transport to school and other places of education: autumn term 2020 Guidance

Updates: 29 September 2020:

Return of students to universities statement Statement to parliament

Disapplication notice: school inspections legislation changes  Decision

Modification notice: school registration legislation changes Decision

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  Collection

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 24 September 2020 Official statistics

Latest updated guidance: 25-28 September 2020:

How schools are managing bubbles effectively (blog)

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance 

Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings Guidance DfE and Cabinet Office

Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and college performance measures Guidance DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services Guidance DfE

Remote education webinars Detailed guide DfE

Teaching during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide DfE

Latest updated guidance, 23 September 2020:

A COVID-19 update for parents of school and college pupils 
A copy of the Public Health England / NHS Test & Trace letter sent to parents via schools and colleges (pdf)

Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance, DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium Detailed guide, DfE

COVID-19 What has changed – 22 September 2020 (Cabinet Office)

New Immigration System: new guidance and other developments (16 September 2020):

Latest updated guidance and stats, 22 September 2020:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): test kits for schools and FE providers Guidance

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19)  Collection

Further and higher education: coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection

Use of the NHS COVID-19 app in schools and further education colleges Guidance

22 September 2020

Guidance

DfE and DHSC

Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT) Guidance

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 17 September 2020 Official statistics, DfE

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Collection, DfE

Coronavirus transmission in schools: your questions answered

Responsibility for autumn exams  18 September 2020
Guidance for schools and colleges on who should enter students for autumn exams, the health arrangements for exams and the support DfE is providing.

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Updated Guidance

Updated guidance 17 September 2020:

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings Guidance

Updates: 16 September 2020:

Important information for nurseries, schools and colleges – new process for reporting positive confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your setting: DfE’s guidance for education and childcare settings sets out the process for managing confirmed positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) when the individual is known to have been in a school, college or early years setting
 
Making an order for additional coronavirus (COVID-19) tests: An online portal is now live for schools and further education (FE) providers to order additional coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits if they have run out, or are running out, of their initial 10 kits supplied for use in line with government guidance.
 
Updates 15 September 2020:

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Collection

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 10 September 2020 Official statistics

Update: 14 September 2020:  Coronavirus (COVID-19): kits for schools and FE providers Updated Guidance

Update 11 September 2020: Package of support for students who have to defer their studies Policy paper

Updated guidance, 10 September 2020:

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance

Updated guidance for universities ahead of reopening Press release:

Educational psychologists: support for coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery  Guidance  9 September 2020

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings Updated guidance  8 September 2020

Updated guidance 7 September 2020:

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  Guidance

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19)  Collection

Responsibility for autumn exams Guidance

Update: 4 September 2020:

Get laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19)   Detailed guide
How schools can access digital devices for children requiring access to remote education due to shielding or local coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

Update: 3 September 2020: DHSC/Public Health England Letter to Schools and Colleges: advice on testing and shielding (pdf)

Updates: 2 September 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for boarding schools with international students Guidance DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT) Guidance DfE

Updated 1 September 2020:

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance DfE and ESFA

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 27 August 2020 Official statistics

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Collection DfE

Updated 28/29 August 2020:

DHSC:  COVID-19 contain framework: a guide for local decision-makers: Annex 3: tiers of national restriction for education and childcare Guidance

Education Action Cards outlining what settings should do to manage a possible outbreak.

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak  29 August 2020 Guidance 

All possible measures to be taken before schools and colleges close
New contingency planning guidance published for education settings in local lockdown areas in England: Press release, DfE and DHSC

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance DfE

How schools can plan for tier 2 local restrictions  Guidance DfE

Modification notice: school registration legislation changes Decision DfE

Disapplication notice: school inspections legislation changes Decision DfE

Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak 28 August 2020 Guidance DfE

Changes to the adoption and children regulations: coronavirus (COVID-19) Consultation outcome DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services Guidance DfE

School exclusion Statutory guidance DfE

Independent special schools and colleges Guidance DfE and ESFA

The risk protection arrangement (RPA) for schools Detailed guide DfE

Updates: August 2020:

Face coverings in education 26 August 2020 Guidance

Update on face coverings in schools in England News, 25 August 2020

Recording attendance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak 27 August 2020 Guidance

Responsibility for autumn exams 27 August 2020 Guidance

Taking exams during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak 27 August 2020  Guidance

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) 26 August 2020 Collection

Further and higher education: coronavirus (COVID-19) 26 August 2020 Collection

Coronavirus (COVID-19): home test kits for schools and FE providers 26 August 2020 Guidance

Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus (COVID-19) 26 August 2020 Guidance

£8m programme to boost pupil and teacher wellbeing 25 August 2020 Press release

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance 20 August 2020

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance 20 August 2020

GCSE and A level students to receive centre assessment grades 18 August 2020 News story DfE

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 13 August 2020 18 August 2020 Official statistics

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak 18 August 2020 Collection

Government campaign launches to get children ‘back to school safely’ 16 August 2020 News story  DfE

Exam appeals: The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP writes to all headteachers and college principals 15 August 2020 Correspondence DfE

Reassurance for schools and students on result appeals 15 August 2020 Press release DfE

Induction for newly qualified teachers during the coronavirus outbreak13 August 2020 Guidance DfE

Rise in top grades as students celebrate A level results  13 August 2020 Press release DfE

Responsibility for autumn exams 12 August 2020 Guidance

Triple lock for students ahead of A level and GCSE results12 August 2020 Press release DfE

Wellbeing for education return grant: S31 grant determination letter 12 August 2020 Correspondence DfE

Transport to school and other places of education: autumn term 2020 11 August 2020 Guidance DfE

Government urges universities to hold places 11 August 2020 News story

Multi-million-pound funding package for school transport 8 August 2020 Press release DfE and DfT

Get help with technology during coronavirus (COVID-19)  7 August 2020 Detailed guide

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services 7 August 2020 Guidance

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak 7 August 2020 Guidance

Get laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19) 7 August 2020 Detailed guide

Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers provided during coronavirus (COVID-19) 7 August 2020 Detailed guide

School attendance: guidance for schools 6 August 2020 Guidance

Support for working families affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) given an extra boost 5 August 2020 Press release DfE and HMRC

The risk protection arrangement (RPA) for schools 4 August 2020 Detailed guide

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 30 July 2020 4 August 2020 Official statistics DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium 4 August 2020 Detailed guide DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing burdens on educational and care settings 3 August 2020 Guidance DfE

Updates: 30/31 July

Local lockdowns: guidance for education and childcare settings 31 July 2020 Guidance DfE

Buying for schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  31 July 2020 Manual section DfE

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  Updated Guidance

Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

Student number controls Guidance FHE

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  Guidance DfE and ESFA

The Department's position on face coverings in schools (blog)  27 July 2020

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  Updated Guidance 27 July 2020 

Updates: 24 July 2020:

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to faith school admission arrangements Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): assessment processes for selective school admissions Guidance

Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening Guidance

Local lockdowns: guidance for education and childcare settings Updated Guidance (Leicester)

Updates 21 July 2020:

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care  Updated Guidance

Get technology support for children and schools during coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated Detailed guide

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 17 July 2020 Official statistics

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  Collection

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection DfE

Updates: 20 July 2020:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium Detailed guide

Use of free early education entitlements funding during the coronavirus outbreak Updated Guidance DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings  Updated Guidance,  DfE and PHE

Updates: 17 July 2020:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing burdens on educational and care settings Updated Guidance

School governance update Correspondence

Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses Updated Guidance

Opportunity Areas programme to support young people hit hardest by pandemic Press release DfE

Updates 16 July 2020:

Help children with SEND continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Help secondary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

10 top tips to encourage children to read Guidance

Government scheme to help universities in financial difficulties Press release

Higher education restructuring regime Policy paper

Updates 15 July 2020:

Providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  Updated Guidance

Updates 14 July 2020

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  Updated Guidance DfE and ESFA

Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT)  Updated Guidance

Updates 13 July 2020:

Taking exams during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance DfE

COVID Summer Food Fund Updated Detailed guide

Updates 10 July 2020:

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated Guidance

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  Updated Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing burdens on educational and care settings Updated guidance

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Collection 7 July 2020

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 2 July 2020  Official statistics 7 July 2020

Managing school premises during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  Guidance 7 July 2020

Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus (COVID-19)  Updated guidance. 6 July 2020

Updates: 2 July 2020:

Local authority children’s services: coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection

Further and higher education: coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection

Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses Guidance

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  Guidance

Schools and colleges to reopen in full in September Press release DfE

Education Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 02 July 2020   Speech, DfE

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings Guidance

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance
Main changes to previous guidance:

We have updated this guidance as follows:

  • set out a change to the protective measures in early years settings that will be effective from 20 July, removing the requirement to keep children in small consistent groups within settings but still minimising mixing where possible (sections 2.1 and 3.3)
  • new content on risk assessment (3.1), supporting staff with increased risk factors (3.2) and system of controls (3.3)
  • updated content on attendance at settings for those shielding, with changes to the advice effective from 1 August, and removal of content on vulnerable children since settings are open for all children (section 4)
  • updated content on wraparound care (5.3)
  • an update on Early Years Foundation Stage reforms (7.6) and Reception Baseline Assessment (7.7)

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance DfE
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term.

Arrangements for examinations and assessments in 2020/21 Correspondence DfE and Ofqual

Updates: 1 July 2020:

Local lockdowns: guidance for education and childcare settings Guidance

Reforms set to boost early language outcomes and cut workload Press release DfE

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance

Early adopter schools: EYFS profile handbook Guidance

Early adopter schools: EYFS framework Guidance

Early years foundation stage reforms  Consultation outcome

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services Guidance

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance

Providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak 30 June 2020 Guidance

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) 30 June 2020 Collection

COVID Summer Food Fund  30 June 2020  Detailed guide

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance Updated 30 June 2020

Updates: 29 June 2020:

Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance DfE

Modification notice: school registration legislation changes Decision DfE

Modification notice: education, health and care plans legislation changes Decision DfE

Disapplication notice: school attendance legislation changes Decision DfE

Disapplication notice: school inspections legislation changes Decision DfE

Get technology support for children and schools during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide DfE

PM announces transformative school rebuilding programme Press release DfE and Number 10

College collaboration fund (CCF) Detailed guide DfE

Student number controls  26 June 2020 Guidance DfE

Vulnerable children to get better support when moving school 26 June 2020 Press release DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing burdens on educational and care settings 26 June 2020 Guidance DfE

Reception Baseline Assessment FAQs
Today [25 June 2020] we have announced that the statutory introduction of the Reception Baseline Assessment will be delayed for a year because of the issues brought about by the Covid 19 pandemic. But what is the RBA? Here are some helpful questions …

Providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance DfE  25 June 2020

COVID Summer Food Fund Detailed guide DfE 25 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): keeping children safe online  Updated Guidance DCMS, DfE and Home Office 25 June 2020

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak  Guidance 25 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Keeping children safe from abuse and harm Guidance 25 June 2020

Updates, 23 June 2020:

Actions for early years and childcare providers Updated Guidance (early years providers opening and additional information on protective measures)

Student number controls- measures to protect students and universities during the coronavirus outbreak  Further Guidance 

Alternative provision-year 11 transition funding   Update Guidance (claim form, eligibility and access to funding)

Online education resources for home learning  Guidance DfE 24 June 2020

School funding: exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19)  Guidance  24 June 2020

Updates: 18/19 June 2020:

Billion pound Covid catch-up plan to tackle impact of lost teaching time Press release DfE and Number 10

Extended powers SEND tribunal: national trial 18 June 2020 Guidance DfE and HMCTS

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance DfE

Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening Guidance DfE

Updated guidance 16/17 June 2020:

FE funding: initial teacher education (ITE), academic year 2020 to 2021

Keeping children safe in education

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care

Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings

Primary schools to be given flexibility to bring back more pupils Press release 15 June 2020

Making the most of reduced classroom time  Detailed guide 12 June 2020
Deciding what to teach in the classroom and what to teach at home.

Case studies: remote education practice for schools during coronavirus (COVID-19) 12 June 2020

Oral statement by Education Secretary, 9 June 2020

Update: 7 June 2020:

Extra mental health support for pupils and teachers Press release DfE and DHSC

Update 5 June 2020:

Information for providers to help reduce the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on their ITT provision: Updated Guidance

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak Updated Guidance

Updates 4 June 2020:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT) Guidance DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings Collection Cabinet Office, DfE and PHE

Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June Guidance

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses Guidance

Updates 2 June 2020:

What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance DfE

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance DfE and ESFA

Updates 29 May - 2 June 2020:

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak Updated Guidance

Student number controls Guidance

What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak Updated Guidance

Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS) Statutory guidance

Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings Guidance Cabinet Office and DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers
Walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings Guidance 

Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 Guidance

School attendance: guidance for schools Guidance 

Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus Guidance

Modification notice: education health and care plans legislation changes Decision DfE

Disapplication notice: school inspections legislation changes Decision DfE

Modification notice: school registration legislation changes Decision DfE

Disapplication notice: school attendance legislation changes  Decision DfE

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Updates: 28 May 2020:

Providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance

Recording attendance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance

Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19)  Detailed guide

Updates 26/27 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings Guidance DfE and PHE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for education, early years and children’s social care Guidance DfE

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus outbreak  Transparency data DfE

Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening  Guidance

Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June  (primary and secondary)  Guidance

Updates: 25 May 2020:

Guidance for secondary school provision from 15 June 2020

Updates: 24 May 2020 (with comment from General Secretary):

Planning guide for early years and childcare settings
The government announced a roadmap towards recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and plans for welcoming all children back to early years settings and a phased return of some children to school from 1 June at the earliest. This planning guide is intended to provide information and support for all early years providers in England as they prepare to open for all children.

PM confirms schools, colleges and nurseries on track to begin phased reopening
From 1 June schools, colleges and nurseries are set to open to more children....[Prime Minister] "also acknowledged that some schools may not be able to reopen immediately, and committed the government to continuing to work with the sector ....It also remains the case that schools will only reopen to more children if the government’s five tests are met by Thursday 28 May....In the coming days, the Prime Minister will set out the government’s progress in meeting these five tests, which are..

Updates 22 May 2020:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020 Updated guidance

Responsibility for autumn GCSE, AS and A level exam series Updated guidance

Reporting to parents at the end of key stages 1 and 2 Detailed guide, STA

School reports on pupil performance: guide for headteachers Detailed guide, DfE, STA

Case studies: remote education practice for schools during coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection

Adapting teaching practice for remote education Detailed guide

Adapting teaching practice for remote education at a special needs secondary school Case study DfE

Providing physical work packs for pupils with limited or no internet connection  Case study

A mixed approach to remote education at a primary school Case study

Safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Supporting wellbeing Detailed guide

Actions for HE providers during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Help secondary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

New measures announced ahead of Hidden Harms Summit Press release DfE, Home Office, MOJ and Number 10

What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance DfE

Early years ITT requirements and supporting advice Guidance

Overview of scientific information on coronavirus (COVID-19) Correspondence DfE 15 May 2020

Updates 12/13 May 2020:

Schools reopening Q&A (12 May 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings Collection Cabinet Office, DfE and PHE

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak  Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID 19): online education resources Guidance

Details on phased wider opening of schools, colleges and nurseries Press release DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings Collection Cabinet Office, DfE and PHE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings Guidance DfE

Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020  Guidance DfE

What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance DfE

Updates: 6 May 2020:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services  Guidance DfE

Coronavirus (COVID 19): online education resources Guidance DfE

Updates: 7 May 2020

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Conducting a SEND risk assessment during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance DfE

Updates: 5 May 2020:

Remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Keeping pupils motivated and engaged Detailed guide

Adapting the curriculum for remote education Detailed guide

Adapting teaching practice for remote education Detailed guide

Supporting pupils’ wellbeing Detailed guide

Remote education practice for schools during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Case studies: remote education practice for schools during coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection

Supporting primary and secondary pupils’ wellbeing at an academy Case study

Supporting the wellbeing of primary pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) Case study

Supporting primary and secondary pupils’ wellbeing at a multi-academy trust (MAT) Case study

Adaptive teaching design Case study

Using a virtual learning environment Case study

Using digital teaching tools Case study

Using video lessons Case study

Adapting the primary school curriculum Case study

Adapting the secondary science curriculum Case study

Adapting the secondary geography curriculum Case study

Adapting the secondary curriculum across multiple subjects Case study

Keeping primary and secondary pupils motivated and engaged at a distance Case study

Supporting engagement in learning for primary pupils when direct communication is limited Case study

Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings Guidance Cabinet Office and DfE

Eligibility for government childcare offers protected  Press release DfE and HMRC

Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance in education and early years settings Transparency data DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel advice for educational settings Updated Guidance DfE and PHE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings Collection Cabinet Office, DfE and PHE

Actions for HE providers during the coronavirus outbreak  Guidance DfE

Updates 1-4 May 2020:

Get technology support for children and schools during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide DfE

Government support package for universities and students Press release DfE and BEIS

Emergency funding to support most vulnerable in society during pandemic  Press release MHCLG, DCMS, DfE, Home Office and MOJ

What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020 Guidance DfE

Induction for newly qualified teachers during the coronavirus outbreak  Guidance 1 May 2020

Updates: 30 April 2020:

Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus Guidance

SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years Statutory guidance DfE and DHSC

School attendance: guidance for schools Guidance

School behaviour and attendance: parental responsibility measures Statutory guidance

Modification notice: EHC plans legislation changes Decision

Disapplication notice: school inspections legislation changes  Decision

Modification notice: school registration legislation changes Decision

Disapplication notice: school attendance legislation changes Decision

Updates: 28 April 2020:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings Collection, Cabinet Office, DfE and PHE

Use of free early education entitlements funding during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance DfE

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance in education and early years settings Transparency data

New free online learning platform to boost workplace skills News story

Updates: 23/24/27 April 2020:

 Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications
To support early years providers who remain open to vulnerable children and children of critical workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Government has temporarily disapplied and modified certain elements of the EYFS statutory framework. This will allow providers greater flexibility to respond to changes in workforce availability and potential fluctuations in demand, while still providing care that is high quality and safe. The temporary changes include:

  • providers are not required to meet existing learning and development requirements, but instead should use reasonable endeavours to meet them during the COVID-19 period
  • providers are not required to undertake the EYFS profile assessment in 2019/20 academic year, and accordingly local authorities are not required to collect or moderate data on this
  • providers are not required to undertake the 2 year progress check during the coronavirus (COVID-19) period
  • exceptions are allowed to the qualifications that staff hold in order to be counted in ratio requirements
  • requirements around paediatric first aid (where children aged 2-5 years old are on-site). For those caring for children aged 2-5, providers must use their ‘best endeavours’ to ensure one person with a full PFA certificate is on-site at all times when children are present. If after using best endeavours they are still unable to secure a member of staff with PFA to be on site then they must carry out a written risk assessment and ensure that someone with a current First Aid at Work or emergency PFA certification is on site at all times children are on premises.
  • There is no longer the requirement for new entrants to hold PFA certification to count in ratios during this period. 

More here

Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS) Statutory guidance

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings CollectionCabinet Office, DfE and PHE

Admission appeals for school places Guidance    School admissions appeals code Statutory guidance

Using clusters and hubs to maintain educational provision Guidance

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Providing free school meals during the coronavirus outbreak Updated Guidance

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Schools to benefit from education partnership with tech giants Press release

Get technology support for children and schools during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Multi-million support for vulnerable children during COVID-19 Press release

Managing school premises during the coronavirus outbreak  Guidance

Councils given flexibility with free childcare funding  Press Release 23 April 2020

Government to extend testing for coronavirus to more frontline workers (Department of Health & Social Care) (23 April 2020)
Access to testing for those with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be extended across England to include additional frontline workers and symptomatic members of their household.

Updated Guidance, 22 April 2020:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for education, early years and children’s social care

Updated Guidance, 21 April 2020:

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak 

Attendance in education settings

SEND risk assessment guidance for special schools, specialist colleges, local authorities and other settings  

Guidance on data collection and reducing burdens on educational and care settings  

 Guidance about COVID-19 for schools and other educational settings

Q&A on vulnerable children and young people:  

Q&A for parents and carers  

Q&A for schools

Updates: 20 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): free school meals guidance Updated guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing burdens on educational and care settings  Guidance

Updates: 19 April 2020:

Get help with technology for remote education during coronavirus (COVID-1  Detailed guide

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

What parents and carers need to know about schools and education during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Gavin Williamson speech on COVID-19 response Speech

Coronavirus (COVID-19): SEND risk assessment guidance Guidance

Supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Get help with technology for remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Help children with SEND continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

New major package to support online learning News story DfE

Remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Detailed guide

Updates: 16/17 April 2020 :

Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for education, early years and children’s social care Guidance

Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers  Guidance Updated 16 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): early years and childcare closures Guidance  Updated 15 April 2020

Updates: 14 April 2020:

Post-graduate teaching apprenticeships

Schools admissions appeals

Updates: 8 April 2020:

Coronavirus and school closures
Today's blog looks at media reports based on speculation that schools could reopen after the Easter holidays. The Department for Education has issued a statement in response to reports that schools may reopen after the Easter holidays….position on closures is clear: schools will remain closed until the scientific advice indicates it is safe to open them…except for children of critical workers and the children who are most vulnerable.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings
Guidance to support management of children and young people in residential educational settings, including boarding schools, residential special schools and specialist colleges and children’s homes.

Updates: 7 April 2020:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT)
Information for providers about managing initial teacher training courses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings Collection

Extra support for schools and parents to help cope with coronavirus Press release

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): free school meals guidance Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for schools Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID 19): online education resources Guidance

Update 6 April 2020:

Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates: 3 April 2020

Direction issued to the Chief Regulator of Ofqual Correspondence

Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance recording for educational settings Guidance

Updates: 1 April 2020:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): induction for newly qualified teachers Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings Collection

Updates: 31 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): school closures  Guidance

Voucher scheme launches for schools providing free school meals:

Updates 26 March 2020:

COVID-19: guidance for educational settings Guidance DfE and PHE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance recording for educational settings Guidance DfE

Updates (25 March 2020):

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people  Guidance DfE and PHE

School governance update Correspondence

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel advice for educational settings Guidance DfE and PHE

COVID-19: guidance for educational settings Guidance DfE and PHE

Updates (24 March 2020):

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings

Letter from Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford MP to the SEND sector (pdf)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings (updated collection of guidance for education settings)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): early years and childcare closures

Coronavirus (COVID-19): maintaining further education provision

Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response

COVID-19: school closures  (22 March 2020)

Further details on exams and grades announced (20 March 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings   (21 March 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): maintaining educational provision  (19 March 2020)

Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers  (19 March 2020)

Plans set out to support pupils eligible for free school meals (19 March 2020)

Statement from the Prime Minister on school and nursery closures (18 March 2020)
See Ofqual below for exams statement

DfE: Schools, colleges and early years settings to close

Watch the Commons statement and debate

Public Health England / Department for Education

Free childcare offers to continue during coronavirus closures (DfE) (17 March 2020)

COVID-19: travel guidance for the education sector (12 March 2020)

Guidance to educational settings about COVID-19  (updated 19 March 2020)
Guidance for schools and other educational settings in providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Education Secretary's speech at ASCL's Annual Conference (13 March 2020)